As the nights draw in so quickly, I have been reminiscing with Xanthe about our autumn adventures so far. We kick started them with a trip to Belbroughton in Worcestershire for the annual Scarecrow Festival, which typically runs on the last weekend in September.
I must admit that when Kate first mentioned it, I was expecting a field of straw characters looming large to scare away the crows. However, my apprehensions were soon overcome when we entered the gates.
With signs indicating the whereabouts of the creatures’ hideout, we easily found the town and the huge field for parking. Entry to the festival is payable on the gate with family and individual tickets available. A ticket allows you entry to the whole festival which holds craft stalls, local food stalls, entertainment, car displays, sporting activities, a whole host of tasty menu choices and lots more. Three different areas triangulated around the town host the stalls between which can be found an array of enchanting scarecrow displays.
Villagers decorate their homes with skill and wit. There is an enormous amount of effort that is ploughed (excuse the pun) into the event with characters including Dracula, The Invisible Man, Snow White’s Evil Queen and even Miss Trunchbull swinging Matilda the scarecrow around by the pigtails this year!
While the start of autumn was well underway according the calendar, the weather was certainly not. We enjoyed a gloriously sunny day soaking up the atmosphere and community spirit that was in abundance.
An excellent day out for all of the family. We’ll be back next year to marvel at the splendid creations.
Visit www.belbroughtonscarecrow.co.uk for more information and pictures of this years festival.
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